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Saying I Do to Cooking Together Forever

Over the 24 years The Chopping Block has been open, we've seen a lot of people find love in our kitchens. I know of several couples who met during a cooking class who are still together today. Former ...

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Crossroads Diner at Inspiration Kitchens

The first Crossroads Diner: At the Intersection of Hospitality & Community of 2020 takes a turn down memory lane, back to my high school days. A relatively unsupervised 3-month summer stay in ...

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A Culinary Education in Just One Week?

  Yes! The Chopping Block has made it possible to learn cooking techniques from the culinary world within the time frame of one week. Culinary Boot Camp 1 essentially takes a two-year professional ...

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A Writer's Journey through Culinary Boot Camp

We encounter many different types of students in our Culinary Boot Camp. From retirees to newlyweds to college students, The Chopping Block's week-long intensive deep dive into the culinary arts ...

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Whole vs Ground: A Spice Guide

  Open up your spice cabinet right now and take a good long look. How old are your dried herbs and spices? Have some followed you from one apartment to the next? Unless your jar of oregano has ...

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Why Buy What You Can Make? DIY Spice Blends

One of the most common thing students at The Chopping Block say they want to master is the ability to not have to follow a recipe. They want the confidence to throw flavors together and be able to ...

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Hand Butchered Meat: A Dying Art Revived

  I’m a true ‘Chicago culinary foodie geek’ and my husband Mark is a true ‘Chicago history buff geek,’ so sometimes our conversations result in amazing and interesting treasure hunts. We recently ...

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How to Make Consomme

Soups and sauces have long been my favorite aspect of cooking, so I had a lot of fun when I recently taught the Soups and Sauces portion of The Chopping Block's Culinary Boot Camp. One of the soups ...

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Culinary Boot Camp Can Change Your Life

I am proud of the classes we offer here at The Chopping Block. We offer classes that are fun, approachable, entertaining and interactive. We have beautiful facilities with state of the art equipment ...

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